Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Blackboard Upgrade Outage (1/5-1/6) - Completed

Blackboard will be unavailable beginning Monday, January 5 beginning at 6 am so we can upgrade the system and perform yearly maintenance. This upgrade is scheduled to last until Tuesday, January 6 at 6 pm.  Status updates will be posted on the TLT blog:

If you have any questions about this upgrade, please contact TLT-EdTech at 8-7107 or

Update: We have completed the upgrade and blackboard is functioning normally again. If you see anything that concerns you please contact us and we will be able to help you.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ARES Scheduled Outage (12/22) - Completed

The course reserve system known as ARES will be unavailable tomorrow (12/22) starting at 9AM. There is minimal expected downtime for course reserves. This does not mean that Blackboard will be down. You may be unable to access your course reading tomorrow during the outage.

Update: This outage and upgrade has been completed.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Removing VHS/DVD Combo Players from Large Tiered TLT-Media Classrooms

Over the semester break, we are upgrading classroom control systems and are removing the obsolete VHS/DVD combination video players from the following seven rooms. You still will be able to play DVDs using the computer DVD player, but you will not be able to play VHS tapes in these rooms.
  • 1014 Orr Major
  • 1015 Orr Major
  • 1023 Orr Major
  • 1025 Orr Major
  • 1027 Orr Major
  • 1050 Nursing
  • Lied Auditorium
If you need to play older VHS tapes in these rooms, please contact Ryan Wickstrom (x8-7064) to discuss options.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Padlet: A Free Tool with Countless Classroom Uses

A blank wall to post links, images, text or filesAre you looking for a free, digital tool to engage students in collaborative activities?  Padlet is a free tool that works like a digital bulletin board.  It is very accessible to anyone with internet because an account is not required to use Padlet.

To get started simply go to and click on the button that says "create something - its free and only takes 2 seconds."  This provides you with a space to post text, images, files and links for free for 24 hours (your content is deleted after 24 hours.)  If you would like to save your content and control its privacy settings you can create a free account. 

Padlet is an excellent tool for the classroom because it is very versatile and easy to use.  Here are a few examples of how Padlet can be used in the classroom:

  • Post extra resources about a particular topic for students to use for reference
  • Have students post research to share with the class
  • Post vocabulary resources for the class
  • Post a question for students to respond to for reflection and/or discussion
  • Post examples of student work
  • Have teams of students use a Padlet wall to collaborate and share research findings
  • Collaborate with colleagues on classroom ideas and resources

These are just a few examples of how it can be used.  For an example of a Padlet wall and for some quick tips for getting started click this link: Padlet TutorialTheir website has some excellent resources as well.  

Check it out and share ideas in the comments section below!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Blackboard to Pilot Course Evaluation Software

TLT will be conducting a pilot for a new course evaluation software the next few weeks. This will not affect anyone except for the faculty and students in the HEIM and RESP programs that will be included in the pilot. There will be an addition to the Blackboard Home screen that all Blackboard users will see, but only pilot participants will be able to access the contents.

The module looks like this:

If you are not in the pilot, clicking the link will send you to a page with the following message:

We wanted to inform you of this addition in case students have questions regarding this addition to their Blackboard Home screen.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact Kelsie Nunnally at 913-588-3678 or

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to Download/Save Camtasia Relay Videos

We have had many requests to save videos that were captured using Camtasia Relay. As you may recall, when a recording has been processed by the server and ready to stream, you receive an email with the link to the recording. Most faculty/staff share this link in their Blackboard/Jaydoc course or distribute the link through email. If you need a digital copy to save, here is the process to do this.

Note: Does not work in IE. You will need Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

Let's take the following example of an email received from Camtasia Relay:

If your Type (B) is "MP4 with Smart Player":

  1. Click on the Presentation Link (A) - (it should open in a new browser window) -or- copy and paste url into Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
  2. Modify the URL's ending by removing ".html" and adding "/media/video.mp4" and then hit enter.
  3. Right-click on video in browser and select:
    1. "Save Video As" in Firefox or Chrome
    2. "Download Video" in Safari
  4. Navigate to your "Downloads" folder and you will find your video file named "video.mp4"

If your Type (B) is "Windows Media" "MP4" "MP3" or "IPad"

  1. Click on the Presentation Link (A) - (it should open in a new browser window) -or- copy and paste url into Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
  2. Right-click on video in browser and select:
    1. "Save Video As" in Firefox or Chrome
    2. "Download Video" in Safari
  3. Navigate to your "Downloads" folder and you will find your video file with a name similar to the title of the presentation.
If the above process does not work, contact TLT for further assistance. (913) 588-7107 or

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blackboard will be unavailable tomorrow morning. (11/26)

PLEASE DO NOT begin any assessments or course activities that you cannot complete before Midnight.
Every fourth Wednesday is the regularly scheduled maintenance window. Blackboard will be unavailable from 12:00 midnight until 1:00 am on that Wednesday morning. During this time, patches and updates are applied to the servers.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blackboard Outage (11/22)

Between noon and 3:30 PM on Saturday November 22nd some users may have difficulties logging in. Users already logged into Blackboard will see no affect. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Scheduled Blackboard Outage (11/10) - Resolved

Due to an issue with the My Blackboard menu we will be restarting Blackboard tonight November 10th from 11 to 11:30 PM. We know that the updates and My Grades are not working from the My Blackboard menu. Until this restart to access your course updates and grades please visit the course and access your grades and announcements from there instead of the My Blackboard menu.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Possible Services Outage (11/9)

Between noon and 3 PM on Sunday November 9th some users may have difficulties logging in. Users already logged into Blackboard, Adobe Connect, Camtasia Relay, Chalk, and Jaydocs will see no affect. If there are issues logging in they should only last roughly 10 minutes. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Adobe Connect Training Webinars

If you are new to using Adobe Connect, or are interested in learning more about how to fully take advantage of its features, we have a great resource to suggest to you.

Adobe offers free weekly Adobe Connect training webinars, with topics such as "Getting Started with Adobe Connect", "Adobe Connect - Beyond the Basics", and "Adobe Connect - 15 Tips and Tricks in 5 Minutes". These webinars are conducted by Adobe Connect trainers, and are very helpful in familiarizing users with the tool and preparing users to use the tool themselves.

You can find more information on these webinars, as well as links to register, here. Please note that you will have to create an Adobe account to register for these webinars, but there is no cost to do so.

You can also find additional Adobe Connect resources on the Adobe Connect User Community at or on the TLT website.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Helix (streaming media) server maintenance October 27.

The streaming media (Helix) server will be out of service from 8-8:30 am on Monday, Oct 27 for necessary maintenance.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

KUMC Exemplar Courses: Monday, December 8, 2014, 12 noon - 1 pm, B011 Nursing

Please join us for another session in which KUMC faculty demonstrate how they are using technology in their courses and projects. In this session, see…

Jill Hamilton-Reeves (SHP: Dietetics and Nutrition) – Students disseminating knowledge gained to a diverse and interested readership via Wikipedia
Jill Hamilton-Reeves, faculty in the SHP - KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, collaborated with Sonny Painter (SHP-TLT) to progress students beyond the basic scientific presentation. Students took the information learned in a gap analysis assignment earlier in the semester and were asked to disseminate the knowledge gained to a diverse and interested readership via Wikipedia. Sonny Painter helped design the rubric and provided valuable resources to help design the best way to assess the students’ work. If you'd like to promote your students’ telling the world about what they’ve learned to help society, you'll get several guidelines of how to implement Wikipedia in order to portray student work to a non-scientific audience.

LaVerne Manos (SoN) and Christina Magnifico (SoM) – Google Glass and in situ simulation
LaVerne, Christina, and the HRSA Interprofessional Collaborative Acute Care Practice ICAP--Peds Project Team-along with all those who care for pediatric patients directly or indirectly--are using Google Glass technology. We are using the audio/video recording functionality of Google Glass for clinical and student teams to review and  enhance communication skills. Our grant team is also exploring in situ simulation (simulation utilized during the workday in the workplace) interactions recorded from the eyes of a patient by utilizing the video functionality of Google Glass with Standardized Patients playing the role of a grandparent while participating in a scenario with caregivers while wearing the glass.  Utilizing the glass with a standardized patient during in situ simulation gives a new perspective from the “patients” viewpoint. The recordings are then reviewed for debriefing of teams on how they performed during in situ simulations with a focus on structured standardized communication.

No RSVP is needed. Questions? Contact Dave Antonacci (x8-7144) in TLT.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Unscheduled Outage (10/19) - RESOLVED

Users trying to login or use Blackboard, Relay, or Adobe Connect between 5:03 -5:08 PM Sunday October 19th might have experienced an issue doing so. This issue has been resolved and these systems are functioning normally. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Unscheduled Blackboard Outage (9/23)

Users attempting to login to Blackboard between 12:20 -1:05 AM Tuesday September 23rd were unable to login due to network issues. These issues have been resolved and Blackboard is functioning normally again. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Free Microsoft OneNote App

Microsoft OneNote is a very powerful desktop note taking program.  It allows you to make digital "binders" with tabs and pages to organize your notes from work, school, home or wherever you need.  Tablet users now can take advantage of this tool because of the free app for iPad and Android.  The app has most of the features of OneNote and allows you to create notebooks and take notes right on your tablet. (The biggest feature missing is the ability to draw in your notes on the tablet.) You can sync your OneNote between your tablet and your computer so your notebooks are always up-to-date and portable. 

To get started:

  1. Sign up for a Microsoft OneDrive account.  It is free with an Outlook account, Yahoo! or Gmail account. (OneNote does not require you to have Office 365 like the other Microsoft apps do.)
  1. Download Microsoft apps on your device
  2. Sign into your OneDrive account
  3. Take notes from wherever!

OneNote App Sync

Syncing your notebooks between computer and tablet is not automatic, but it only takes a few steps. 
  1. On your computer, go to the "Share" tab.
  1. Click on "Share This Notebook" icon at top of ribbon.
  1. Under the "Share On" heading, click "Web"
  1. Make sure it is saved in your "Documents" folder on the web

Once you share your notebook each time you edit it, the notebook should automatically update in your OneDrive account which should update both the computer's and the tablet's versions.  If you are working on a tablet you can click the sync icon in the upper left hand corner to make sure your notebook is updated.  There are many great note taking apps out there, but if you already use OneNote this one is an excellent choice.